guard hair

noun

Definition of guard hair

: one of the usually long coarse hairs forming a protective coating over the undercoat of a mammal

Examples of guard hair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the hybrids, however, Tibetan antelope guard hairs may also be hard to find. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 Usually officials look for guard hairs, the long, crinkly hairs that keep Tibetan antelope dry in the wild. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 No guard hairs were apparent to the naked eye, perhaps because of the preponderance of pashmina in the weave. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of guard hair

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Guard hair.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guard%20hair. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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